The 6 Drugstore Foundations You Need To Add To Your Makeup Bag

If there’s anything I’m v picky about, it’s my foundation. While I’d like to assume most of you will say “no shit”, it sure as hell seems like no one knows how to buy a flattering shade, let alone apply it anymore. Like, I think women take the whole “Too Faced” thing too literally. How the fuck do you not notice that you skipped your neck during blending? Even though we don’t act like it 90% of the time, we are adults, ladies. Know how to pick and choose your foundation wisely, and then please learn how to fucking put it on. Maybe your bathroom lighting sucks, or maybe you just need a new foundation altogether. Just because you paid like, the same ridiculous amount I usually end up spending on a bar tab, doesn’t mean it works any better than my fab L’Oréal one.

We shouldn’t have to pay (at all) for makeup that basically serves as a blank canvas on our faces. Since most of us have to spend money on other priorities such as alcohol, rent, and food, here are a few drugstore foundations that are just as good, if not better, than the one you just bought at Sephora.


1. Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation

With over 30 shades, you will definitely find the shade perfect for you in this collection. This liquid foundation works for all skin types, but it’s even better for those who are on the oily side. It minimizes pores and leaves a matte finish for smooth coverage.

2. CoverGirl CG Smoothers All-Day Hydrating Makeup

If you don’t normally wear foundation or prefer to keep it on the lighter side, this foundation provides just enough coverage without overdoing it. It smooths out any dry skin and stays on all day–even if you plan on squeezing into sweaty, illegally packed nightclubs.

3. Neutrogena Sheers Compact Powder Foundation

Made with gentle minerals, this powder foundation feels as light as it looks. It’s ideal for those with sensitive skin because it hides even the worst of breakouts. With shades from Classic Ivory to Tan, find one that won’t make you look like an Oompa Loompa so that it provides the most natural-looking appearance. Also, because no one wants to look like an Oompa Loompa, in every sense of the name.


4. e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation SPF 15

More often than not, e.l.f. amazes me with the quality of its products, even though they only cost like, $5. Even though I like to classify myself as bad and boujee, I have to run on the “broke bitch” budget from time to time. For $6, you get a foundation that provides full coverage, balances your skin tone, and smooths out any unevenness on the skin’s texture. Plus, it comes with a pump and contains UVA/UVB protection if you want to apply a little before hitting the beach—again, FOR $6!!!!

5. REVLON ColorStay Makeup for Normal/Dry Skin

This comes in a wide range of shades so it’s bound to be a match for anyone. Whether you have normal, dry, or oily skin, REVLON designed a foundation that’s basically made for you by also creating this for those with Combination/Oily skin types. The sheer foundation stays put for at least 24 hours, making you look flawless and Instagram-ready at any point during the day.

6. L’Oréal True Match Super-Blendable Compact Makeup

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t save the best for last. While the others are seriously bomb, I have to say, I truly swear by this one. This foundation works best for most skin tones and provides the absolute best blendability. It stays on literally all day and it’s so comfortable that I honestly forget I’m even wearing makeup to begin with. Infused with an SPF of 17, you can stay outside all day without this melting off. It’s only an added bonus that just about everyone will be feeding you compliments about your skin (because like Tinkerbell, we live off of attention, duh).